Bumblebees galore at Belleisle

Where’s Wildlife in Ayrshire had the pleasure of welcoming Bumblebee Conservation Trust to Belleisle estate in Ayr for a day of Bumblebee identification.  Helen Dickinson, survey and GIS officer from the trust, lead us on a morning classroom session where we learned about all the species of bumblebee found in Scotland, and how to use the individual characteristics of each species to identify them.

Helen pointing out key ID features © SWSEIC


After a morning session held in Alloway Church hall, we headed across to Belleisle Estate where we were met by the Joanne, one of the park rangers, who took us on a guided tour of the best bumblebee spots. The walled garden was an excellent spot to see a range of species due to the diversity of flowering plant species.

Bellleisle Bumblebee© Andrew Findlay


We also took a wander across the golf course to the other side of the park, and were lucky enough to the tree bumblebee due to the keen eye of ranger Joanne.

Tree Bumblebee © SWSEIC

Although the weather was not sunny, it was warm and bees are pretty hardy, and are adapted to being active in cooler conditions, so we were certainly not disappointed to see 6 out of the 8 common species found in Scotland. The only species we did not see were the Garden Bumblebee and the Heath Bumblebee as the habitat was not suitable for these species.

Overall a great day and everyone gained new bee skills and knowledge! Many thanks to Helen for delivering the course and to everyone that attended. Should you like to get involved with monitoring and safeguarding our bees, you can get involved in the BeeWalk

For more information, and how you can get involved, contact Helen Dickinon at helen.dickinson@bumblebeeconservation.org

Happy bee recording!

Bumblebee’s at Belleisle © Andrew Findlay




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